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University of the Aegean



The University of the Aegean (UAegean) was founded in 1984, as a network of “academic ports of studies and research” successfully established in six campuses spread across the Aegean Archipelago (the islands of Lemnos, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Rhodes and Cyclades), which makes it a unique natural, cultural and human environment to experience.

Over the 33 years of its existence, the UAegean has evolved into an international research–oriented university offering 17 undergraduate (BA or BSc) and 62 MSc or MA postgraduate programmes in modern interdisciplinary thematic areas such as environment, communication systems, cultural informatics, shipping, logistics and transport, product design, food and nutritional sciences, education design and Mediterranean studies. Currently, it has 5 faculties and 17 departments.  The UAegean academic community incorporates 11 576 undergraduate students, 1 280 postgraduate students, 629 PhDs, 323 faculty members, 66 special scientific and 247 administrative personnel.

The research areas at the university cover societal challenges (culture, economy, society, geography, humanities), ICT research and innovation (mathematics, ICT, engineering), green and blue growth (food and nutrition, environment, maritime research, shipping and transport).

Research funding sources are nationally funded programmes (48%), revenue from community services (32%) and EU-funded programmes (20%). The total funding for the period 2014-2016 amounted to 26.562.354 euro. Forty percent of it was allocated to R&D activities.

UAegean participates in two large Horizon 2020 projects and in the National Strategy for Research, Technological Development and Innovation (2014-2020) with 4 research infrastructures.

A Knowledge Technology Office (KTO) was established in 1996, as part of the UAegean’s Research Unit. It is a mediator between the research staff of the university and non-academic environment (market and society) at regional, national, European and international level. Its mission is to facilitate and increase researchers’ participation in R&D projects and to promote innovation.